It’s been a pretty busy start to the year for Nintendo in terms of announcements, with a slew of Nintendo Direct events revealing details on everything from new Wii U games to system updates and changes in the Miiverse. But one of the most interesting announcements was that a Legend of Zelda classic would be coming to Wii U in the form of Wind Waker.
Of course, it’s very early days and we’ve yet to see exactly what the revised version of the GameCube favorite will look like, but there have been a few clues out there for adventure games lovers to pick up on – and most sound pretty positive. One of the first points is that Nintendo is promising much more than a straightforward port of Wind Waker, otherwise it would probably have simply been put out on Virtual Console. In fact, series director Eiji Aonuma gave the biggest indication of how the title is being built pretty much from the ground up when he said we could expect something that would “tune up the overall game experience”.
In terms of how it will look, we can probably take quite a few pointers from the original Wind Waker – at least in how the world of the game is shaped and the narrative journey that Link will find himself taking. That said, one of the biggest selling points of this rebooted version is that it will benefit from the fantastic high definition capabilities of Wii U, as well as the option to access maps and everything else using the GamePad. Obviously, straight up game ports can often look a little rough around the edges, but it really seems like Nintendo is stepping up to the mark here.
There’s been no official word to date on what Wind Waker will cost or when it will hit shelves, but it’s thought we’ll be able to pick it up at some point in Autumn 2013. As far as price is concerned, Amazon has listed the game at £44.99, so we at least know it will be close to that.
Of course, there are loads of things to look forward to on Wii U this year. Wii Fit U is set to be pretty massive with gamers of all types stumping up the cash for some living room fitness. Then there’s the latest in Nintendo’s flagship racing games, Mario Kart. Again, we’ll get to see some of this – the first game in the franchise since Mario Kart 7 on the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, so it looks like the Nintendo news bulletins will continue to come thick and fast throughout 2013.